Hemiplegia / Hemiparesis
Ayurvedic Treatment for Hemiplegia / Hemiparesis
Hemiplegia is a medical condition in which injury occurs to parts of the brain that controls the movement of the limbs, trunk, face, etc. It may affect one side of the body either left or right depending on the side affected. The disease may suddenly or may develop with time. Loss of sensation and control in the affected area is the characterized feature of hemiplegia. The brain is anatomically divided into two hemispheres. The right side of the brain controls the left side i.e means if the right is affected in the brain hemiplegia occurs on the left side. The incidence rate of hemiplegia is 56.9 per 1,00,000 and affects males more than females.
Hemiplegia may be due to sudden injury to the brain due to accidents of fall, hemorrhage, stroke, infections like meningitis, brain tumors, and congenital abnormalities like cerebral palsy. Ancient authors mention vitiated Vata to be the main causative factor of the disease. The changing lifestyle and bad food habits lead to the vitiation of Vata, which is considered to be the chief among the doshas. The symptoms mainly include loss of power and movement of the half side of the body, minor sensory deficit, dysarthria, atrophy due to disease, stiffness
Types of Hemiplegia
Hemiplegia is divided into two types depending on the cause of the disease i.e. ischemia and hemorrhage. As a result, there is a destruction of brain tissue caused by a lack of blood supply to the brain causing various abnormalities. These two causes can because by a wide range of diseases like hypertensive encephalopathy, vascular disorders, infective disorders of the brain tissue, tumors or abscess, trauma, internal artery occlusion, etc.
The patient may experience total /partial loss of sensation on one side, and changes in cognition, mood, or perception. Difficulty in speech, seizures, spastic attacks in which there is movement in muscles without conscious control.
Ayurvedic way of managing hemiplegia
Panchakarma therapies in combination with Ayurvedic medicines improve the Quality of life in hemiplegic patients. Ayurveda correlates this condition with Pakshaghata and classified it as one among Vata vyadhis. The treatment of Hemiplegia is focused on improving sensation, and motor abilities allowing the patients to better manage their activities of daily routine. But there is not much treatment modality in chronic patients because of residual spasticity. Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic focuses on Ayurvedic treatments which are herbal oil massage, herbal oil bath, Herbal bolus bag, Herbal rice bolus bag, sweating, mild purgation, and Nasya and Shirodhara. Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic also focuses on basic exercise to remove stiffness and spasticity
Diet & Lifestyle Changes
Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic will provide the custom-made tailored diet and lifestyle guidelines to follow Avoid excessive use of spicy, astringent, and salty food Avoid oily food and incompatible diet. Black gram, horse gram, onion, garlic, ginger, radish, ash gourd, green gram, etc should be used in a regular diet. Fruits like pomegranate, grape, or papaya should be consumed Low fat and high fiber should be consumed in the diet. Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart diseases should be controlled. Excessive exercise and starvation should be avoided and suppression of natural urges should not be done. Alcohol consumption and smoking should be avoided as they may worsen the condition.
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